Jun 18, 2020
A house-filling favorite in Las Vegas since she opened as one of the hottest tickets in town in June 2000, Rudner is known for her epigrammatic one-liners. Over the course of a multi-year run she sold almost two million tickets and became the longest-running solo comedy show in the history of Las Vegas. She was named Las Vegas’s Comedian Of The Year nine years in a row, received The Nevada Ballet’s Woman Of The Year Award and was given the 2017 Casino Entertainment Legend Award.
Rita’s first solo HBO special, “Rita Rudner’s One Night Stand,” was nominated for several awards, as was her eponymous English BBC television show that later appeared in the USA on A&E. Rudner’s two one-hour specials for HBO, “Born to Be Mild” and “Married Without Children,” were ratings standouts and she performed all over the country, filling Carnegie Hall in New York three times. In 2008 “Rita Rudner: Live From Las Vegas” was PBS’s first ever stand-up comedy special.
Rita Rudner has written five books and is a frequent collaborator with her writer/producer husband of thirty years, Martin Bergman.
She moved to New York at the age of fifteen to become a dancer on Broadway. She appeared in several shows, including the original productions of “Follies” and “Mack and Mabel.” It was while in “Annie” on Broadway that she began exploring the comedy clubs of Manhattan. In the early ‘80s, Rudner took a full-time leap from chorus lines to punch lines and was soon a regular guest on both “Late Night with David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show.”
In June 2016, Rita was invited and honored to speak about her career and technique in comedy at Cambridge University, England. In 2017 she was invited by Oprah Winfrey to appear on a cruise to Alaska that Oprah arranged in partnership with Holland America. In 2018, Rita’s tenth TV special was released – “A Tale of Two Dresses.”
She will begin an exclusive contract with Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, hopefully in the not-too-distant future.
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